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How many chains in Ohio?

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08-06-2011 18:58:26

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Hauling a pulling tractor in Ohio,16FT. trailer with a 6500lb. tractor. How many chains to make DOT happy???? (personal trailer and pickup)

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Rollie NE PA

08-14-2011 17:21:08

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 Re: How many chains in Ohio? in reply to Stuart, 08-06-2011 18:58:26  
For what it's worth, The way I read the rule is there can be no lateral, horizontal or verticle movement.

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08-07-2011 08:30:40

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 Re: How many chains in Ohio? in reply to FP, 08-06-2011 18:58:26  
You need to hold down 80% of the load. You also need to hold it front and backwards. I like the one comment about give it everything you got. I bet they would make you stop just to get another look.

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bobs old iron

08-07-2011 07:41:26

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 Re: How many chains in Ohio? in reply to FP, 08-06-2011 18:58:26  
p@#$ them off, use all the chains you can. lol

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08-06-2011 19:08:22

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 Re: How many chains in Ohio? in reply to FP, 08-06-2011 18:58:26  
Legally, for under 10,000 lbs., you need two chains, plus an additional one for every ten feet of your load. So, if the tractor is less than 10' long, you need two chains, less than 20' three chains. What I would do, is four chains, one on each corner with 3/8" chain, plus an additional for any extra equipment, like a loader or brush hog. You can find all the rules on the Federal Motor Carrier website.

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Scotty HOMEy

08-07-2011 14:22:46

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 Re: How many chains in Ohio? in reply to edj856, 08-06-2011 19:08:22  
The ten-foot rule in 393.110 is a general requirement, that (as stated early in the section) is over-ruled by the regs for rolling equipment in 393.128 and .130. The 10-ft. rule is more to make sure there is a tiedown every ten feet or better on load like pipe, lumber, pallets . . . So a third restrain because of the length of the tractor is not a requirement, as long as the two or four restraints (depending on whether over/under 10K) is all that is required as a minimum.

That said and still . . . I went to the belt and suspenders school of you can't ever have too much for restraints. A little overkill can keep you safe in an extreme situation, and can reduce the aggravation if a diesel bear driving by thinks your securement might warrant pulling you over to see if he can't generate some revenue.

Nothing in the world wrong with tying down a 3000 lb. tractor at all four corners as if it weighed 13,000. Adequate straps, chains, hooks, binders . . . all marked for their ratings. All kept tight.

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08-07-2011 18:17:29

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 Re: How many chains in Ohio? in reply to Scotty HOMEy, 08-07-2011 14:22:46  
The chains don't have to be evenly spaced on the 10 foot rule, though. Per JJKeller's securement handbook. Which would be a good thing to carry, it might get you out of a ticket if you pull it out and say, well, isn't this what the handbook says? It shows you made an effort and didn't just wing it.

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